MODELING It's Friday, January 29th 2021: Weekend Modeling Plans

Jim Wiggin Jan 29, 2021

  1. Jim Wiggin

    Jim Wiggin Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Good morning, good evening, where ever you may be. Welcome back to the gateway to the weekend. I hope you had a great week and your ready to get some modeling done. Let us get started.

    Saturday: The big brown truck showed up on Wednesday which meant all my studio lights, back drops and equipment is here. I got most of it set up but Saturday will be the day I truly will have everything set up in anticipation for the Amherst Society Virtual Big Train Show. I really hope that next year it will be back to normal but for now, this is better then nothing. I'm really wanting to get some time in on the N scale layout.

    Sunday: Is the big day for me and Athearn as the train crew from Amherst will doing a virtual interview and booth showing of new and in stock products. Athearn is a Platinum sponsor this year and we worked with the Amherst crew with donations. We donated three Genesis HO locomotives; BAR GP7u, a Conrail SD80MAC and a UP SD70ACe. Maybe someone from our group will be the lucky winner? After that, I'll relax with a hot cup of tea and catch up on the rest of the show. All in all, a busy weekend.

    So how about you? Are any of you planning to visit the Virtual Amherst show this weekend? Hope to see some of you there at What other plans do you have? Let us know, this last weekend of January. We'll assemble again on Monday, February 1st to see how we all did and what we got accomplished in the shop or layout room. Until then, have a great weekend, stay safe, stay healthy and as always...

    High Greens!
  2. Tompm

    Tompm TrainBoard Supporter

    This weekend will be storm prep if the weather soothsayers are correct. We have a big old Nor’easter coming Sunday lasting until Tuesday. They are saying snow, ice, rain. Some are calling for 6 inches. I need to check to make sure I have gas for the snowblower. Since this is the end of the month, I need to do the big grocery shopping trip. I just to get there before the bread and milk panic starts.

    Today I am waiting for the plumber to come and install the new vanity and sink in our master bathroom. The old sink is cracked but not leaking yet. I am sure the boss will have a few projects around the house this weekend.

    I hope to continue working on the layout rebuild. I have more demo to do. I have the lumber I need to start the width extension. I still need to get some more pink foam boards. If I need a break from the layout, I have five cabooses to weather. In addition, there is a special Last Train to plan for a run right before the existing track is pulled up.

    The last revenue train ran last night. Here is the video:
  3. Atani

    Atani TrainBoard Member

    I'm hoping to get back on track with the work on my layout, specifically adding a couple more turns to the helix. I'd also like to finish out the redesign of the ESP32 CS PCB and get the test batch ordered.
  4. Kitbash

    Kitbash TrainBoard Supporter

    Priority 1 this weekend is to stay warm.

    For modeling this weekend:
    1. More building work, continuing some things started last weekend.
    2. Wire or drop feeders and connect the coal branch riser to the layout, prep the layout below the coal branch so it can be covered over w/ plywood.
    3. Clean up the layout room. It is starting to get a little ratty from previous projects and use.
  5. logging loco

    logging loco TrainBoard Member

    It's been a long week due scheduled and unscheduled doctor and hospital visits.

    It is cold and very windy so I'm not planing on being outside this weekend other than checking for shutters becoming undogged or blown down limbs. I don't feel like listening to the boiler constantly running either so cellar work is out also.

    This weekends focus is getting back to work on the HCD layout while keeping in mind adding the Micro Portage layout extension in the future.

    Sticking with the KISS principle
    1. Cut door and mount terminal boards inside HCD.
    2. Land feeders from track on TB.
    3. Wire parallel connector to layout TB.
    4. Add banana plug sockets to power Micro Portage layout.
    5. Figure out simple way to make control panel easily removable when not running trains.
    6. Start wiring up temp control panel.
    All this while listening to a good audiobook and having something warm and tasty to sip on.

    I'm looking forward to having some genuine layout progress to report on Monday.

    Have a great weekend everyone!
  6. nscalestation

    nscalestation TrainBoard Supporter

    Good morning all. The rear track is now installed and tested on my latest layout expansion so this weekend I will be ballasting it. While that is drying I want to start to arrange the new temporary turn around loop and east end staging yard on the other side of the lift bridge. For this I will use Kato Unitrack. I'll also be checking out that virtual Amherst train show.

    Everyone stay dry, warm, and healthy.
  7. Kevin Anderson

    Kevin Anderson TrainBoard Member

    I’m still waiting on some Electronics components, once they come I will get them built and installed. Other than that not much going on.
  8. SP-Wolf

    SP-Wolf TrainBoard Supporter

    I'm hoping to complete the decaling of my FT project.
    Perhaps - work on my layout.

    That's about it

    Y'all have a great weekend,
  9. dti406

    dti406 TrainBoard Member

    First of all, won't be checking out the virtual show as I don't like shows period so I will read about all the announcements in the MR press.

    Won't have a lot of time for modeling this weekend, bowling tonight and on the weekend I will be working the mixed team tournament for the Cleveland USBC Association.

    Rick Jeisonowski
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  10. rch

    rch TrainBoard Member

    A small shipment arrived at my house while I was out of town. Those old Walthers Thrall LO-PAC II well cars I've been working on come with a solid weight that goes underneath the floor. It's certainly adequate, but the illusion of the car is ruined because you can't see the tracks below the car. So I've had some new floors cut from stainless steel with the hole pattern matching the prototype so that when they are operating unloaded they will operate reliably and the tracks beneath them will be visible as on the prototype. We'll see how installation goes and hope I measured everything right...
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  11. BNSF FAN

    BNSF FAN TrainBoard Supporter

    Will probably have the Virtual Train Show on while doing other things. Can't miss Jim's segment. :D Model wise, I will continue work on making the tops for the grain elevator silos. Have an autorack decaling project I have been staring at for a while. Kind of in the mood to work on that too. Possible one other project may hit the workbench but not sure on it for now.

    Hope you all have a great weekend!
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  12. gmorider

    gmorider TrainBoard Member

    Busy beavers we are here! I plan to see the virtual train show as well. "Bread and milk panic". We have those down south where I live as well. Not expecting any snow now but I think I figured out what is going on. When your car is stuck in snow you spread bread slices around the tires and soak them with milk. This really does nothing other than nourishing the tires. It is a "panic" after all. :D Just now I applied end railings with brake wheel to one end of a cabboose. Next is railings for the opposite end. The other caboose is already done. After this, corner grab irons, the steps, the reporting marks. That might actually get this project completed. :rolleyes: Have a safe and fun weekend. (y)
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  13. bigGG1fan

    bigGG1fan TrainBoard Member

    Here, we refer to it as "Eek! Snow! QUICK! GET STUFF FOR FRENCH TOAST!"

    I'm going to sand the mountain curve and re-level that curve. Cut the 3x5 cards for the backside incline, then start gluing track.

    Giving up on dealing with the new Kobos until the LokProgrammer arrives. Probably will run UP rolling stock with non-UP motive power (see rule #1, if the RR name isn't a big enough clue) so I can...

    Run More Trains!

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